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HSE STRATEGY FOR 21st CENTURY

Board and director leadership at the heart of new HSE strategy 

HSE are set to launch a new strategy for H&S. It will be launched simultaneously at events in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff on 3rd December 2008 and mark the start of a 3 month consultation process. The strategy will set out to optimise the performance of the overall health and safety system and clarify the roles of the regulated, the regulator, the workforce and others.

Judith Hackett HSE Chair told a recent conference: “We will emphasise the importance of leadership – from the top of every organisation starting with the Boards and individual directors. We will place leadership at the heart of what we see as the overriding strategic aim – the prevention of death, injury and ill health to those at work and those affected by work activity.” 

She went on to add: “We need every organisation to take ownership of the process to identify its own risk profile. It is clear that the risks, and hence the priorities, for dutyholders, employees and regulators will differ considerably between for example construction on the one hand and a large NHS Trust on the other. It is essential that our new approach addresses the key priorities sector by sector, business by business and region by region. We will also continue to put effort into those sectors which continue to carry a high risk and higher actual occurrence of serious injuries and fatalities.”

It is expected that the HSE enforcement policy will remain unchanged.

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